"A pure-bred racing machine. Professional in every way."
~~ 1981 Sales Catalog ~~
The SUPREME is a fitting name for a Lotus bicycle of this quality, it was the top-of-the-line conventional frame racing bicycle in the early 1980's Lotus fleet, sharing the spotlight with the Super Pro Aero.
The early Supreme models were constructed from Tange Champion tubing and by 1983 the Supreme was built using Columbus SL tubing for 50-58 cm frames and SP for 60-64 cm. All the early model Supreme frames were hand-brazed in Japan by Tsunoda.
|The detail photos of the 1984 Supreme bare frame on the right were submitted by James B. from Californina, the Violet paint is a circa 1983-84 color. James mentions that while the frame itself has remnants of Columbus tubing decals, the fork steerer is stamped TANGE.
This leads to the possibility that the entire fork assembly was made by Tange using Columbus fork blades, as Tange frequently supplied complete forks to frame manufacturers, like Tsunoda.
Serial #: DS1583-
Top Tube: 58cm
Seat Tube: 61cm c-c
Rear Spacing: 127mm
Chainstays: 42cm to rear position
BB shell: 68mm
Seat Angle: 72º
head angle: 73º
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|1980-82 Lotus Supreme
1983 Lotus Supreme
|Frame Details||Diamond bridge lugs, top tube cable guides, under the bottom bracket cable guides, brazed on bottle bosses, brazed on shifter bosses, brazed on front derailleur boss, extra long spoon seat stays at seat lug, 1/2 chrome chain stay, recessed brake bolts, chrome head lugs with diamond cut outs.|
|Frame Tubing||1980-82: Tange Champion Double Butted Cro-Mo 50-56 #1, 58-60 #2
1983: Columbus Double Butted Cro-Mo
50-56 SL, 58-64 SP
|Headset||Shimano Dura Ace EX|
|Fork||1980-82:Tange Champion, Forged and Engraved Crome Crown, Fork Stiffeners
1983: Columbus, Forged Chrome Crown, Stiffeners
|Handlebar||1980-82: SR World Custom w/ Laced on Leather Wrap
1983: SR World Champion w/ Laced on Leather Wrap
|Colors||1980-82: Navy and Lotus Pink
|Stem||Dura Ace EX or SR Extra Super Light|
|Frame Sizes||1980-82: 50-60 cm
1983: 50-64 cm
|Brakes||Shimano Dura Ace EX|
|Crank||Shimano Dura Ace EX Dyna Drive 42-52||Seatpost||Shimano Dura Ace EX|
|Pedals||Shimano Dura Ace EX DD w/ Clips and Straps||Saddle||Kashimax Super-Pro, suede|
|Shift Levers||Shimano Dura Ace EX on Down Tube||Rims||Ukai Tubular|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Dura Ace EX||Hubs||Shimano Dura Ace EX|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Dura Ace EX||Spokes|
|Freewheel||Shimano Dura Ace EX 6-Speed 13-21 Gold||Tires||Soyo 240g Sew-Up|
|Chain||Shimano Dura Ace EX Uniglide Gold/Black||Weight||1980-82: 21 lbs
1983: 19.5 lbs
1984 Lotus Supreme
Diamond bridge lugs, top tube cable guides, above the bottom bracket cable guides, brazed on bottle bosses, brazed on shifter bosses, brazed on front derailleur boss, extra long spoon seat stays at seat lug, 1/2 chrome chain stay, recessed brake bolts, chrome head lugs with diamond cut outs, Campagnolo forged rear dropouts.
Columbus Double Butted Cro-Mo,
SL on 50-58 cm, SP on 60-64 cm
|Headset||Campagnolo Super Record|
|Fork||Columbus Tubing, Forged Crown w/ Cut-Outs and LOTUS engraving, Reinforced||Handlebar||SR|
|Frame Sizes||50-64 cm||Brakes||Campagnolo Super Recordt|
|Crank||Campagnolo Super Record 42-52||Seatpost||Campagnolo Super Record|
|Pedals||Campagnolo Superleggeri||Saddle||Kashimax Aero|
|Shift Levers||Campagnolo Super Record||Rims||Araya (?) Tubular|
|Front Derailleur||Campagnolo Super Record||Hubs||Campagnolo Record|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Super Record||Spokes|
|Notes||Specifications observed on multiple bicycles with the same equipment.|